Experiencing Peru's Machu Picchu through virtual reality technology

11:15 | Cusco (Cusco region), Nov. 29.

Users of National Geographic Explore VR on Oculus Quest will be able to immerse themselves in a virtual reality experience and embark on —almost as if they were there in person— a different adventure to legendary Machu Picchu, one of the New 7 Wonders of the World.

Get ready for a trip with no luggage from the comfort of your home, but filled with emotions thanks to technology. 

Spectators will be taken on an interactive expedition to discover the Inca citadel in Cusco as well as learn about history and culture through digital reconstructions.

They will witness the worship of mummies, explore an Inca house, and even raise a cup of sacred "chicha," the Oculus blog reported.

In other words, you can see Machu Picchu as if it were a lively and breathable settlement. Somehow, this will beat what you may experience in person. 

Explore VR is something like putting on an archeologist's glasses and seeing the ruins as he would.

Traveling through space and time

"Walking through the settlements and creating the digitally recreated spaces gives the viewer a real sense of travelling not just in space, but also time," Ballard High School teacher Laura McGinty explained. 

"The experience is peppered with historical references to explorer Hiram Bingham and photos taken during his visit. There are engaging tasks to recreate the images to see the changes in the site over time," she added.

National Geographic Partners Vice President of Visuals and Immersive Experiences Whitney Johnson explained that virtual reality has the potential to provide access to extreme and remote places in a way that you have never seen before.

"We have taken the spirit of our award-winning VR theater to the classroom with our mobile VR Exploration Expedition Kits. These put our immersive experiences directly in the hands of teachers, making it possible to transport students to the places," she commented.


Published: 11/29/2019
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